Now in this moment, many in our congregation are in need of prayers from their church family - health issues, marriages, births, moves, new schools, new jobs - life stresses. This Sunday morning at 9:00, Brother Bruce Rider will preside over a service of prayer and sharing. We ask all who are able to join us in this important community ministry; those unable to attend are asked to hold this service in their thoughts and prayers.
In Christ's Love,
Vacation Bible School starts today!!!!
Get ready to have some fun at our
Kansas City Mega Sports Camp!!!
INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS . . . IT'S GOING TO BE A BLAST!
Come join us Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening at 5:30 for dinner. Opening activities will begin in the sanctuary at 6:15 each evening with class rotations starting at 6:30. We will finish off our fun week on Sunday morning with a VBS wrap up.
WE ARE GOING TO THE T-BONES GAME ON SATURDAY JUNE10TH!!! TAILGATING AT 5 P.M. GAME IS AT 7:15 P.M.
(TICKETS ARE $6 EACH AND WILL BE FOR SALE AT VBS)
We also need people to stay and help clean up after VBS each night. There will be a sign upat church Sunday.
We are excited for you to come enjoy our church family and the fellowship that comes during the VBS week!!
We are really excited about our Vacation Bible School adult classes. Please come and bring your friends.
Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Our guest speakers will be Imran Hassan and Jeannie Saadeh from the Islamic Center for Johnson County.
Jeannine is a graduate student at the University of Kansas. She says she is extremely passionate about Theology and world religions and loves engaging in interfaith dialogues and befriending people of all backgrounds.
Imran is originally from the southern part of India. He came to the USA in 2003 to pursue his Masters in Engineering. He converted to Islam from Hinduism in 2007. He is a member of a grass roots organization called the Islamic Circle of North America - Kansas City chapter (ICNA-KC) that tries to work with Muslims and Non-Muslims in various capacities like Outreach and Relief work.
They will speak on Islamic beliefs, the role of Sharia law in American society, ISIS and radical Islam. We expect an enlightening and informative dialogue. It will be informal with opportunity for questions.
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Our guest is Mindy Corporan, CEO of the Faith Always Wins Foundation. Mindy describes herself as a “white girl” raised as a Christian. She will recount the nightmarish story of finding her father, Dr. William Corporan and 14-year-old son, Reat, murdered on April 13, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center. The murderer was a hate-filled lunatic randomly trying to kill Jews. From the chaos at the scene of the murders and the ensuing and devastating grief of losing one’s history and one's future, Mindy, a woman of petite stature but enormous heart and courage, has forged ahead.
Her journey began when she spoke at a student vigil the night of the murders. It has taken her to a mosque where the Muslim family and mother of a 15-year-old son killed by a hate crime requested her presence among them. It has taken her to a Jewish synagogue where she received council from a Jewish Rabbi. It has taken her to weekly prayers in her own church where she has discerned guidance to “bring my people together.”
Mindy spoke at The Kansas City Rotary Club. During her talk, the 150 business attendees sat in hushed silence. She received a rare standing ovation.
Her still fresh Journey will motivate and inspire you.
Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Detectives Kim Brown and Garrett Hall from the Sheriff’s Department will be our guests. They will talk about community police issues, the impact of technology on police work, interesting cases, etc. There will be time for questions.
Brian and Sara Tubbesing will be moving this summer. There will be an open house in their honor at Brad and June Johnson's house June 24 from 1-5pm.
VBS is coming!!!
Kansas City’s Mega Sports Camp
Conquer the Day!
Top 10 reasons you want to come to VBS!!!
10. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK ALL WEEK!!
9. THE OPENING/CLOSING WORSHIPS ARE CRAZY FUN!!
8. THE ADULT CLASS HAS AMAZING SPEAKERS!!!
7. LEARNING NEW SONGS IN MUSIC ROCKS!
6. RECREATION TIME IS HOT, SWEATY AND FUN!!!
5. YOU GET TO BE CREATIVE IN CRAFT CLASS!!!
4. PK CLASS IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE!
3. WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BIBLE DURING STORY TIME!
2. WE ARE GOING TO THE T-BONES GAME ON JUNE 10TH!!! TAILGATING AT 5 P.M. GAME IS AT 7:15 P.M. (TICKETS ARE $6 EACH)
1. YOU WILL BECOME CLOSER TO YOUR CHURCH FAMILY AND GOD!
DECORATORS NEEDED WE WILL DECORATE SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH AFTER CHURCH! PLEASE PLAN TO STAY AND HELP! TEAMWORK IS AMAZING!
COOKS NEEDED FOR JUNE 7TH, JUNE 8TH and JUNE 11TH
CRAFT TEACHERS NEEDED FOR THE WHOLE WEEK (JUNE 7-11, NOT THE 10TH)
PRAISE BAND MEMBERS NEEDED FOR THE WHOLE WEEK!!!
CLEANERS NEEDED FOR THE WHOLE WEEK (JUNE 7-11, NOT THE 10TH) TO HELP CLEAN UP AFTER VBS IS OVER EACH NIGHT. EMPTY TRASH, VACUUM, ETC.
If you can help please email Brooke Trachselbrookerttrachsel@hotmail.com
VBS Adult Class
We are excited to announce that Mindy Corporan will speak at our Adult Vacation Bible Session on Thursday evening, June 8, at 7:00. You may remember the deaths of 4 people at a Jewish Community Center by a deranged white terrorist. He was there to kill Jews. Mindy describers herself as a white Christian. Mindy's father and son were two of the victims.
Mindy spoke at the Kansas City Rotary Club in great detail about that painful day and the events that followed. In the months following the murders, she has formed relationships with Jews and Muslims. During her talk in front of about 150 business people, it was dead quiet. Every person there gave her their rapt attention.
She brought a Christian message that was both tragic and inspirational. At the conclusion, she received a standing ovation. That was a rare response at these meetings.
We encourage you to attend to hear her strong Christian message.
It's time for our annual Mexican Fiesta Fundraiser Dinner! Please join us this Sunday, April 30 immediately following our morning worship for a delicious Mexican Fiesta. Each year, we hold this fundraiser to help provide a campership for our youth attending summer Community of Christ youth camps.
If you attended youth camps, you realize just how important these youth camps are, and what an impact they made on you.
We want to make sure that every youth who wants to attend a camp is able, and that means we need you!
Sunday April 30
$10.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Kids
NEW this year!!!!
Feel like taking a whack at a pinata?
For $1, you can take 2 whacks at a pinata (Adults only)
If you break it open, you're a hero to all the kids who get candy, and you get a Starbucks gift card! So bring your cash and take a whack!
Presiding Bishopric Financial Update
The Presiding Bishopric expresses its gratitude to church members for their generosity and recounts where the church stands in the first of three financial updates this year. The update, promised at the 2016 World Conference, details the church’s economic situation and plans since taking steps to improve its financial footing.
View the video summary below and then check out the full report and frequently asked questions. The video and documents can also be found online at www.CofChrist.org/financial-updates.
President Veazey's Challenge
President Steve Veazey will bring a challenge to the church in a webcast at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday 2 April 2017. His inspiring message will be followed by a live question-and-answer session.
The recorded challenge is available online in English, French, and Spanish with captions/subtitles. We hope this gives viewers a chance to gather, see the challenge, and send questions before the live webcast 2 April. Small groups or congregations are invited to use prepared materials for their gatherings.
Send questions to AskSteveVeazey@CofChrist.org or tag questions with #AskSteveVeazey on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The annual address is delivered near the anniversary of the church’s founding on 6 April.
Walk This Lonesome Valley
Holy Week, 2017
To truly walk with Christ during Holy Week, the special week encompassing Palm Sunday through Easter, is to experience a full range of emotions. We invite you to journey with us, to “Walk This Lonesome Valley,” starting with a special Palm Sunday service and climaxing with a triumphant Easter morning celebration.
Holy Week is an additional opportunity for us to be honest with ourselves in order to confront the woundedness that may be in our lives, and to be sufficiently vulnerable to the needless suffering that many around us may experience. This opens us up to recognizing our deeper calling as we remember Jesus chose a way of suffering to make God's peaceable reign on earth possible.
We will continue our Spiritual Practice of “Praying in Color” each Sunday turning our prayers into a visual expression of our walk through this Lonesome Valley. A special time during each of the four services will be devoted to reflection of the call we experience through our response to Jesus Christ. We will also continue extinguishing one of the Lenten Candles that illuminates our path to the cross. As we visually walk this progressively darkening path, we will deepen our understanding of what it means to “Walk This Lonesome Valley.”
April 9, 2017
Palm Sunday Worship at 10:20 AM
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
Focus Scripture: Matthew 21: 1-11
Presider: Alice Nicholls
Speaker: Carol Nicholls
Let us celebrate as our King comes to us “…humble, and mounted on a donkey…”
April 13, 2017
Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 PM
“Into the Valley”
Focus Scripture: Matthew 26: 36-40
Presiders: Ray and Sidna Adams
Let us Walk This Lonesome Valley with Christ and hear his words “my time is near…”
April 15, 2017
Easter Eggstravaganza from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Planned by: Laura Fogarty and Chelsea McCormick
Pancake Bar for dinner
Activities will include: face painting, cross toss, bunny bowling, crafts, magic tricks, and Easter egg hunt
Bring your family and friends, there is no charge!
April 16, 2017
Easter Sunrise Service at 8:30 AM
‘The Empty Tomb”
Focus Scripture: John 20:1-2
Presiders: Mike and Michelle Lundy
Let us celebrate as we hear the words of the angel, “He is not here; for he has been raised,…”
Easter Morning Breakfast at 9:30 AM
Cooks: Virgil and Leslie Goodin
Easter Morning Service at 10:15 AM
“Jesus Lives Again!”
Focus Scriptures: Matthew 28: 1 -10 & John 20: 1-18
Presider: Ron Trachsel
Speaker: Sara Tubbesing
Let us celebrate the risen Lord together.
To: The Olathe Congregation
From: The Pastors
Subject: Tear Down Dividing Walls
For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.—Ephesians 2:14
Dear Church Family,
Since the campaign, election, and inauguration of the new United States president, many of us in our congregation and indeed the world are experiencing the building up and intensifying of dividing walls. Our belief in Unity in Diversity and Worth of All Persons is being profoundly tested.
In an effort to remain grounded in the compassionate grace generously bestowed upon us by God, our eternal creator, we invite all who are feeling vulnerable to join us at 8:30 AM Sunday, February 12, 2017. In lieu of our monthly priesthood meeting, we will spend time listening and praying for one another as we pursue ways to tear down and resist the walls threatening to further divide us. We will also review guidance from the First Presidency, including their February 2, 2017 letter in response to the temporary US ban on immigration from identified nations. Also, all who are interested in helping to plan this session, please meet with us pastors this Tuesday (2/7) at 6:30 PM at the church. We believe input from many will help us offer a richer listening experience.
From the First Presidency: We are called to be bridge builders. We must be open to listen to our neighbors and find ways to support those who are most vulnerable.
May you feel the peace found in our Savior Jesus Christ who has broken down the dividing wall between us.
The Children's Choir will be practicing each Sunday in February and April except for Easter. Meet upstairs at 9:15am.
Due to the forcasted ice storm, the service for January 15 has been cancelled. The leadership meeting scheduled for 6:30pm the same day has also been cancelled. Stay warm and safe!
New Year's Eve Blowout Party!!!!!
It’s back again!!! Our 6th annual New Year’s Eve Party!!!! We are calling all ages from young to old, anyone that wants to have fun on New Year’s Eve, anyone that enjoys playing games, eating too much food and enjoying fellowship with friends and family! We have rented the 68 Inside Sports (87th/I-35) facility, which means we will have:
« 2 basketball courts that will have the rims set at different heights for adults or kids
« Volleyball courts for a tournament
« Huge bounce house for the kids
« Eating area for food and just hanging out
« Tables for playing board games
« Raquetball court
« Wallyball (a total blast if you've never played before)
This has been a huge hit for the adults. Please email me if you would like to play or there will be a signup sheet at church in December. It will start at 6:15 pm. The tournament is going to be for 10 year olds and up.
« Indoor pool that is kept at a balmy 84 degrees
This is open to all families and you are welcome to invite your friends and family.
· Please bring a appetizer, snack or dessert to share.
· 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm on New Year's Eve.
· 11301 W 88th St, Overland Park, KS 66214.
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Trachsel at 913.461.3985 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Due to the forcasted temperatures for Sunday, December 18, the ice skating event has been postponed to later in the season. We'll let you know when it will be rescheduled!
Jr High youth group will meet after church Dec 11 for lunch and making Christmas cookies and ornaments. Meet in the MPR and pick up at 1pm.
Sr High youth group will meet after church Dec 11 at Chelsea and Myles McCormick's home. There will be lunch and gingerbread house making! Ends at 2pm.
Dec 18 is all youth ice skating after the Christmas dinner. Bring a canned good for ticket discount. Pickup at Park Place Ice Terrace near Town Center Plaza between 2:45 and 3:00pm.
Presiding Bishopric Provides Grassroots Effort Update
Thank you to those who responded to the church’s financial situation at the beginning of 2016.
This week, the Presiding Bishopric provided an update on where we are with these generous commitments.
- Of the 253 one-time gifts committed, we have received 95 percent.
- Of the 627 sustaining commitments, we have received about 76 percent for 2016.*
As we look to the new year, we ask for your continued prayers and support. The ongoing fulfillment of annual commitments over the next several years is essential in sustaining ministries. If you made a one-time gift in 2016 and are in a position to respond again in 2017, your generosity will shape our ability to respond to missional opportunities going forward.
Thank to those who have responded. Our ability to sustain vital, life-changing ministries around the world depends on these ongoing expressions of our true capacity to give.
Offering Envelopes and e-Tithing Focus Us on Holistic Mission
President Veazey has called our Mission Initiatives "foundational and essential to the church’s life!" Beginning January 1, USA offering envelopes will reflect this holistic emphasis. You will enter a single amount on the Worldwide Ministries side of the envelope to be used across all five initiatives to support Christ’s mission—our mission—holistically, around the world. Envelopes in other countries will be updated as stock is depleted. E-Tithing categories will change by the end of March.
To honor World Conference Resolution (WCR) 773, envelopes for the first Sunday of each month will have space for a contribution to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering, allowing for oblation giving. This will be in addition to the opportunity to give an amount to Worldwide Mission Tithes.
Jr High Youth Activity- November 13th. After church we will eat pizza then complete a service project. We will finish our event at Culver's for some ice cream. Bring a friend, get service hours and enjoy cleaning up our surroundings! Call Shauna Ferguson if any questions 913-449-6092.
All are welcome to join in the choir for the upcoming Advent season. Choir rehearsals start at 8:30 am Sundays beginning November 6, 2016.
Central Mission has invited Apostle Robin Linkhart to present a training workshop on Latter-day Seekers on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, from 2:00 to 6:00. This training is an opportunity to understand and explore how we, as individuals and as congregations, can be more welcoming to persons who come from Latter-day or Restoration backgrounds and who are looking for a new community to live out their faith. The workshop will be held at the Woods Chapel Congregation. Anyone from Midlands who would like to attend is welcome. Please RSVP to Presidentteam@midlandsmc.org by Monday, 10-17-16.
There will be a business meeting on October 23, 2016 at 9am. Business to discuss will include priesthood calls and the 2017 budget among other things.
October 2 will be the kickoff for this year's children's choir. All voices from preschool to middle school are welcome. Please come at 9:15am and we will sing for a bit before Sunday school starts.
Come on out to the Funny Farm! AKA the Ferguson's on October 15th at 5pm. We will have a cookout with hotdogs and hot chocolate. Bring a friend and a pumpkin to carve. Lots of fun will be had!